Basic chocolate chip cookies have 6 ingredients:  Butter, sugar, egg, flour, chocolate and salt. If any one of these ingredients is out of balance, the cookies will fall apart or taste terrible. Each component has to be in balance or it’s simply not a chocolate chip cookie. Choosing a data protection solution is similar. Decisions you make throughout the process can have a significant impact on what your solution looks like. Knowing what your business needs is the first and most important step. Next, you have to consider the various technical requirements that support your business requirements.

With the abundance of data growing from an ecosystem of applications, data protection is becoming increasingly complex. How can organizations protect their data and sources for compliance and security—all while improving time-to-value, reducing overall cost and complexity, and planning for future growth? By utilizing and integrated approach. However, all data protection solutions are not integrated. It’s important that IT administrators ask the right questions to understand if the solution they’re choosing is in fact integrated.

Here are six essential questions you should ask to help you understand if your solution is integrated, or just a collection of point products:

  1. How is the vendor defining data protection? Ask yourself if the vendor is only offering backup and recovery. Are they overlooking archiving, replication, snapshots, or eDiscovery as part of their integrated solution? Find out if those technologies are separate point products that add cost, complexity and risk to your environment.
  2. What is the installation process?  A common sign you have point products is if there are multiple software packages to install on physical or virtual servers, or multiple installation manuals. Having multiple point products requires your staff to spend extra time learning the different products and managing them through multiple consoles.
  3. Does the solution protect from end-point to the enterprise and cloud?  Is the solution you’re considering scalable? Find out if the vendor separates products to support end-points, other backup and recovery products for remote offices, and another for the enterprise. You need one platform to manage, move and protect your data wherever it resides; from the end-point to remote office/branch office (ROBO), data center and into the cloud.
  4. What is the software and firmware upgrade processes? At some point, every solution needs to be upgraded – whether it is a software upgrade for new features, or a firmware patch to ensure continued hardware compatibility. An integrated solution will not require your staff to perform multiple and separate updates for a single new feature on media servers and appliances. Rather, it will be one download that encompasses all of the new features and functionality you require.
  1. Are reporting and analytics visible across your entire environment? If you need to use multiple consoles to view and capture all your data and run reports, you are working with point products. An integrated data protection solution has one management console to protect, manage, move and report on all of your data and service levels, wherever your data resides.
  2. Are you working with a partner that’s committed to you?  Having the right software and hardware is one thing, but turning the components into solution is another. You need more than just a package of software. You need someone to help you align your business needs with the multitude of technical choices you will face during implementation.  Sirius has the brightest minds in the business to help you overcome your challenges – and more.

Want to learn more about peeling back the layers to help determine if your solution is integrated or simply a collection of data points? Click here to read Phil Wandrei’s blog

We all know that enterprise data is anything but uniform. That’s why Sirius and Commvault are dedicated to helping you protect your data, your way.  Commvault’s data protection and recovery software is designed with a single code base, a single index, and is completely integrated. The platform supports multivendor storage, environments, and flexible options such as snapshots, backup, archive and reporting. Commvault’s infrastructure gives IT administrators the ability to actively manage, access, and leverage data across storage tiers wherever it resides.

Sirius is focused on supporting solutions from today’s leading storage developers and manufactures, our certified experts can help you make the most of your infrastructure. We have solutions for every way you choose and use storage. Interested in learning more? Contact one of our storage experts today.